It’s a challenge finding good value-priced Cabernet from anywhere, but this fruit-driven, clean version from one of Chile’s old-guard wineries is tasty and ripe, without a hint of green or funk. The profile is one of simplicity and red-fruit flavor. A touch of vanilla and a mouthfeel that’s soft as a pillow ensure its rightful place in any mix-and-match value case.
Shows good varietal character on the nose: black cherry and mocha elements with a distinct herbal overtone. Yet it doesn’t deliver as emphatically on the palate, turning thin on the finish. Decent Merlot for your next big crowd.
Displays a nice nose, with some grassy notes, passion fruit aromas and riper peach scents, but seems less expressive in the glass, showing little but grapefruit and ending on a slightly sour note.